Donald Trump isn’t taking any chances as he launches his re-election bid for 2020. POTUS officially kicked off his new campaign — and unveiled a fresh slogan, “Keep America Great” — at a rally in Orlando, Fla. on Tuesday. The event started with a prayer from the woman billed as his spiritual adviser, non-denominational pastor and Paula White.
White, who until last month was the senior pastor of the Apopka, Fla. megachurch New Destiny Christian Center, spoke out against ”demonic networks” working against the president in her remarks to Trump supporters, The Hill reports. She also cited “rulers of darkness” and “spiritual wickedness in high places.”
“A demonic network that has been united against President Trump needs to be broken in the name of Jesus” - prayer from Paula White pic.twitter.com/STDz7vF95v— Christopher Heath (@CHeathWFTV) June 18, 2019
“Let every demonic network that has aligned itself against the purpose, against the calling of President Trump, let it be broken, let it be torn down in the name of Jesus," she said.
"I declare that President Trump will overcome every strategy from hell and every strategy from the enemy,” she continued, later adding, “I secure his calling, I secure his purpose, I secure his family, and we secure victory in the name which is above every name ... the name of Jesus Christ.” At that, the crowd erupted with a loud “Amen.”
Earlier in her address, White quoted Trump himself: “We worship God, not government.”
White, who is married to Jonathan Cain of the bands Journey and Bad English, gave the invocation at Trump’s 2017 inauguration. She is also chair of his evangelical advisory board and is a controversial figure in the evangelical world, with critics like theologian Russell D. Moore denouncing her as a “charlatan.” She has also faced scrutiny for wealth and support of prosperity theology.
While the crowd seemed to eat up White’s words, her prayer raised eyebrows from critics on Twitter.
I met Paula White when she attended a conference for black women. https://t.co/gh6ooQCMwv— Soledad O'Brien (@soledadobrien) June 19, 2019
Why do people keep sending Paula White and all these racist “preachers” money? https://t.co/hwOnxx62Kq— Nelba Márquez-Greene, LMFT 🇵🇷🇨🇦 (@Nelba_MG) June 19, 2019
So now lets just totally strip away all pretext of what “religion” is and just use it as a means to acquire power and smite ones enemies.— Rob Furney (@Rob_Furney) June 18, 2019
I'm waiting for Paula White to burst into flames. Beware of false prophets.— SeekingAsylumIsLegal (@NikkiOrkid) June 18, 2019
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